RUSTON, La. - As Fresno State jockeys for seeding in the upcoming Western Athletic Conference Tournament, the Bulldogs added another win to their resume by sweeping last-place Louisiana Tech 25-23, 25-20 and 25-17 in on the road Saturday night.
"That was one of our most competitive matches - as far as competitive fire - that I've seen from us this season," said acting head coach Ed Jackson. "We really going after it and played pretty flawless in the third set."
Junior setter Barbara Alcantara tossed up 46 assists, her top mark in a three-set match this season and libero Christina Lee added her fifth-straight double-digit dig effort at 12 during the quick night of work.
"The thing that stands out is that they really played well together," Jackson noted. "It looked like they were having a lot of fun out there. John Wooden's idea of success is knowing that you did everything possible to play to your abilities. We did that tonight."
Clarke and freshman Maci Murdock teamed up to hit .500 as a pair and delivered a combined 23 kills.
"Our middles were fantastic," Jackson said. "We exposed a weakness in their defense by exploiting the middle and we performed at a very high level in that area."
The Bulldogs were in a dogfight at the beginning and fended off a winless Lady Techster team that was doing everything they could to pull off an upset before Fresno State pulled away in the second and third sets.
Fresno State outhit LA Tech .301 to 1.65 and the 'Dogs landed 22 more kills than the Lady Techsters, who fell to 9-20 and 0-12 in WAC action this season.
The win marked the sixth 3-0 victory by the Bulldogs this year and third season sweep of a conference foe. Fresno State has now beat San Jose State, Nevada and LA Tech twice in WAC play.
Maci Murdock earned her first career Fighting Spirit award for her play this past week.
"I was really proud of how we responded and put ourselves in position for moving up in the conference," Jackson said. "We are looking forward to coming home for our last two WAC matches."
Fresno State returns to the Save Mart Center for its final two regular season WAC matches in school history. The Bulldogs, who will move to the Mountain West Conference next season, host Idaho on Thursday and Utah State on Saturday. Both matches start at 7 p.m. PT.
Jackson Served as Acting Head Coach for Bulldogs' Last WAC Road Trip
Ed Jackson, who is in his 11th collegiate coaching season and fourth with the Bulldogs, served as Fresno State's acting head coach for the 'Dogs this past week and went 1-1 to improve his D-1 head coaching record to 4-1 overall. Jackson previously served as the Associate Head Coach at the College of William and Mary and an assistant at UC Santa Barbara.
Head Coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell will return to full head coaching duties this Thursday when the Bulldogs host the Vandals. She is in the late stages of her pregnancy and her doctors had requested she not travel on the road trip to New Mexico State and Louisiana Tech.
"We Are Your Team!" --- Don't miss the biggest volleyball match of the year when the Bulldogs host Idaho on Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. It's Greek Night and the most attended greek house will win dinner with the team. All Fresno State students are free to all home volleyball matches.
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